Outdoor business activation EOIs open

Published on 21 January 2022

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Glenelg Shire is once again inviting Expressions of Interest from local businesses to inform the Shire’s installation of infrastructure to enhance outdoor business activity in light of ongoing Covid concerns.

Extending the installation of glass balustrade on footpaths to protect diners from the wind, which was rolled out in some of the Shire’s key hospitality strips in 2021, is the main focus of Council’s Expression of Interest process, however safety lighting and other enhancements to enable outdoor business activation will also be considered.

Glenelg’s Shire’s Economic Development Coordinator, Jane Young, said the Shire is keen to work with individual businesses to ensure the proposed infrastructure is targeted to the needs of local venues.

“This Expression of Interest process is intended to inform the Shire’s planning for further outdoor activation, and we are encouraging businesses that did not receive any infrastructure enhancements through the 2021 ‘Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package’ - including businesses in the Shire’s smaller towns - to submit their EOIs,” she said.

“This additional boost to the Shire’s outdoor infrastructure has been provided by the State Government’s ‘COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund’ and as such any infrastructure provided must fit within the guidelines of this fund.”

The Shire’s installation of aesthetic lighting, glass balustrade and planter boxes outside key businesses in 2021 has greatly enhanced the region’s outdoor dining culture and this additional funding will enable these improvements to be extended to other businesses.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to further enhance the Shire’s outdoor dining experience for locals and tourists alike, and I encourage interested businesses to submit an EOI so that we can work more closely with them to achieve this end,” Ms Young said.